Articles about Maxtor

Your hard drives were RIDDLED with NSA SPYWARE for YEARS

The US National Security Agency (NSA) infected hard disk firmware with spyware in a campaign valued as highly as Stuxnet that dates back at least 14 years and possibly up to two decades – all according to an analysis by Kaspersky Labs. The campaign infected possibly tens of thousands of Windows computers in telecommunications …
Darren Pauli, 17 Feb 2015
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How the NSA hacks PCs, phones, routers, hard disks 'at speed of light': Spy tech catalog leaks

Analysis A leaked NSA cyber-arms catalog has shed light on the technologies US and UK spies use to infiltrate and remotely control PCs, routers, firewalls, phones and software from some of the biggest names in IT. The exploits, often delivered via the web, provide clandestine backdoor access across networks, allowing the intelligence …
Iain Thomson, 31 Dec 2013
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FalconStor flyaways Chen and the Liu Tan clan uncloak new biz

FalconStor exiles have started up a storage federating business called ProphetStor and aim to get OpenStack cloud providers federating legacy arrays and commodity servers into virtualised pools of block storage that cost far less than traditional arrays. The ex-falcons hoping to fly again are Eric Chen, ProphetStor's founder …
Chris Mellor, 02 Dec 2013
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Skyera hires flashy Western Digital veep as chief architect

Flash array startup Skyera, which counts Western Digital among its investors, has recruited a WD flash product exec as its new chief architect. According to a story in the Sacramento Bee, Skyera recruited Andy Tomlin as its chief architect. Tomlin was WD's vice presidnt of SSD Development responsible for all firmware, software …
Chris Mellor, 15 May 2013
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Singapore gov think tank plots SSD takedown

The Data Storage Institute (DSI), one of the many research groups at Singapore's Agency for Science, Technology and research (A*STAR), has taken the wraps off a hybrid disk drive said to consume less power than a comparable solid state disk while also being small and light enough enough to satisfy Intel's specs for use in …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Nov 2012
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Pliant puts shiny new CEO to work

Enterprise flash drive start-up Pliant has brought in Richard Wilmer to run the company, replacing former CEO Amyl Ahola. Pliant makes single and multi-level cell, Lightning-branded solid state drives that can replace fast hard disks in enterprise storage arrays. It doesn't produce Fibre Channel interface drives though, and …
Chris Mellor, 22 Mar 2011
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Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB solid-state drive

Review Reg Hardware has covered plenty of solid-state disks before, but never anything to match the capacity of Kingston’s latest high density SSD. Back in January, Kingston announced the SSDNow V+ series, the higher spec members of its family of “value” drives with capacities ranging from 64GB to 512GB. Kingston SSDNow V+ 512GB …
Shaun Dormon, 14 Jul 2010
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DataSlide reinvents hard drive

UK-based data storage start-up DataSlide has announced potentially revolutionary hard drive technology, and a Partnership Network agreement with Oracle for the Berkeley Data Base to be embedded into the device. DataSlide's Hard Rectangular Drive (HRD) does not use read-write heads moving across the recording surface of a …
Chris Mellor, 15 Jun 2009
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Fujitsu offloads chipmaking to Taiwan

Updated Fujitsu has joined the parade of chip-design firms that are passing off all or part of their manufacturing to the giant Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). The Japanese megaconglomerate is struggling to put its financial house in order. Earlier this month, for example, it cut contractors' pay by 15 percent. And …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Apr 2009
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Seagate re-armours small business storage

Update Seagate has introduced a line of network-attached, workstation and portable disk storage products with encrypted contents under its BlackArmor brand. These represent a follow-on from Seagate's BlackArmor full disk encryption portable dsk drive. First to be announced are two NAS or networked storage server products, with the 2- …
Chris Mellor, 24 Mar 2009
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Atrato looks for cash to fill out sealed canister storage pitch

Xiotech may have talen the public perception lead in shipping drive arrays based on self-healing and sealed canisters of disk drives, but Atrato is shipping the same Seagate-derived technology into the video surveillance market. It launched its product, the Velocity 1000, last year, but its public profile is near stealth-mode …
Chris Mellor, 11 Mar 2009
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Seagate kisses Maxtor goodwill goodbye

In a telling move, Seagate is writing off $2.3bn goodwill from its Maxtor acquisition and other intangible items. Maxtor was purchased for $1.9bn in May, 2006, so Seagate is writing the entire acquisition value off and a bit more besides. There will be a $2.3bn non-cash charge for the second quarter results this financial year …
Chris Mellor, 03 Feb 2009
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So when did the knives come out at Seagate?

Comment To lose two CxO-level officers in one day is exceptional, even by Seagate standards. Last week's axing of CEO Bill Watkins and the resignation of COO David Wickersham resembled a day of the long knives in Scotts Valley. So how did it come to this? The events timeline looks like this: 1. At a Barclays Capital analysts' …
Chris Mellor, 16 Jan 2009
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Newer Tech punts toaster drive dock

Macworld Expo Long-time Mac-centric vendor Newer Technology launched the easiest-to-use drive dock we ever seen at this week's Macworld Expo. Dubbed the Voyager Q, this toaster-like device is a docking station for bare 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch SATA I and II drives. The Voyager Q, which retails for $99, includes two FireWire 800 ports, plus …
Rik Myslewski, 09 Jan 2009
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SanDisk's faster netbook flash

SanDisk has announced new netbook and USB thumb drive flash products at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Consumer flash It has mimicked the Maxtor OneTouch backup idea with a flash drive. The Ultra Backup USB flash drive will backup files when a button is touched and stores from 8GB to 64GB of data. Access to the …
Chris Mellor, 06 Jan 2009
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Seagate slashes bare drive warranties

Seagate is cutting the warranty period of its bare drives. A mail sent by Seagate to a North American reseller said: Seagate Updates Warranty Terms on Select Bare Drives Starting in 2009, Seagate will be making some important changes to its limited warranty terms for selected bare drive products. For products purchased on or …
Chris Mellor, 12 Dec 2008
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Hitachi GST spots oyster, seeks HDD pearls

Comment When you are recovering from a long period of hard times and light appears at the end of the tunnel and gets closer and closer until you emerge into glorious daylight, you get a spring in your step and start making plans. Now you're back on your feet, the world becomes an oyster again, and you go off in different directions …
Chris Mellor, 20 Nov 2008
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Seagate polishes mirrored drive, backup service for SMEs

Updated Seagate's i365 has added near-real-time EVault data protection offerings for small businesses, along with a disaster recovery service, plus a mirrored Maxtor backup storage server for the do-it-yourselfers. DIY Backup The single-drive Maxtor Central Axis external storage box announced in June has gained a brother, a twin-drive …
Chris Mellor, 12 Nov 2008
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Of Dell's self-encrypting laptop

Never lose notebook data again. Not if you have a Dell notebook: the company is producing self-encrypting laptops with Seagate encrypting drives and McAfee security software. Seagate is now shipping 5400 and 7200 rpm Momentus notebook drives with 320 and 500GB capacity and full disk encryption options. This is AES 128-bit US …
Chris Mellor, 10 Nov 2008
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Is Fujitsu spinning out of the hard drive business?

Fujitsu is thought to be planning to scale down its storage business after reports that it may sell its hard disk drive business to Western Digital for ¥70bn to ¥100bn ($662-945.5m). Fujitsu issued a statement today, saying: "There was an article in the Nihon Keizai Shimbun newspaper today regarding Fujitsu’s hard disk drive …
Chris Mellor, 02 Oct 2008

Seagate tries again with external drives

Seagate has updated its FreeAgent line of consumer external hard drives with new, fetchingly encased and higher capacity models. The current line gets FreeAgent Classic branding. Last year's FreeAgent desktop and portable external drives came in somewhat garish dark brown cases with sodium lighting orange highlights. They also …
Chris Mellor, 15 Sep 2008
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Super-safe storage surfaces

If you thought that viruses were one of the most likely things to damage your data, then think again - it could well be fire and water. Thankfully, there’s a solution. Manufacturer SentrySafe has launched what it claims is the world’s first and only fire-resistant and waterproof hard drive unit. It claims the storage unit can be …
James Sherwood, 02 Jul 2008

Will Seagate build a flash SSD foundry?

The ebullient Seagate CEO Bill Watkins has made it clear that Seagate thinks flash solid state drives (SSDs) are interesting and Seagate will sell them - but not yet. When Seagate does sell a Seagate-brand SSD how will it make it? Will there be a Seagate flash foundry? A customer buys a hard disk drive (HDD) array from an OEM or …
Chris Mellor, 29 May 2008
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Start-up Pliant claims to have secret for speedier SSDs

Fledgling storage firm Pliant Technologies has thrown off its startup invisibility cloak, and claims it can greatly improve the performance of Flash-based solid state drives. Pliant said this week it received $8m in first round funding funding, led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, to develop a "new class" of SSDs for big business …
Austin Modine, 21 Feb 2008
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Seagate posts good-ish quarter, fuels Wall Street jitters

Seagate's fiscal '08 second quarter net income nearly tripled from a year ago and revenue jumped 14 per cent. Unit shipments hit 50 million, up 20 per cent year-over-year, on the back of strong demand from digital equipment manufacturers. Freckle-faced and brimming with pride, Seagate came skipping home to investors today …
Austin Modine, 18 Jan 2008
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Chinese Trojan on Maxtor HDDs spooks Taiwan

Confirmation that a Maxtor hard disk drive was infected with a Trojan by a manufacturing sub-contractor in China is spooking Taiwanese authorities, one of the countries where examples of the infected kit have begun to appear. As first reported by El Reg in September a pre-installed Trojan named AutoRun-AH was discovered by …
John Leyden, 12 Nov 2007
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Kaspersky: Maxtor markets password-pilfering Dutch disk drives

Security mavens from Kaspersky say they have discovered a nasty virus that came pre-installed on Maxtor external hard drives sold in the Netherlands. The virus, dubbed Virus.Win32.AutoRun.ah, was found on the Maxtor 3200 Personal Storage, according to this press release from Kaspersky (translated from Dutch to English courtesy …
Dan Goodin, 19 Sep 2007
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PC superstore unhinged by Linux

For all you car aficionados out there, how's this for an operating system analogy from PC World? Installing Linux onto a laptop sold by the computer retail behemoth is like putting a Ford engine into a BMW, apparently. Earlier this week a mysterious PC World customer, known only by the name of Tikka, posted a story to …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Sep 2007

Seagate targets sensitive customers with encrypted HDDs

Hard disk drive (HDD) giant Seagate Technology is to start flogging HDDs with built-in encryption chips in an attempt to secure sensitive data on home PCs. The firm said that, given the explosion in sales devices that hold digital content within the consumer market, securing stored data was becoming an increasingly important …
Kelly Fiveash, 06 Sep 2007
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Seagate income soars with $359m tax break

Seagate posted a boost in fourth quarter income thanks to higher revenue and a one-time tax benefit. Income for the largest US hard-drive manufacturer rose to $541m, compared to $7m a year earlier. Revenue increased about 9 per cent to $2.74bn, up from $2.53bn the same quarter the previous year. Seagate's income rose sharply …
Austin Modine, 19 Jul 2007
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Seagate stock sinks after earnings stink

Seagate shares took a hit today after the HDD manufacturer cut its third quarter revenue expectations. On a release posted on the company website late Friday, Seagate now predicts to report revenue of $2.8bn Q3 — lowered from a previous estimate of $2.9-$3bn. The company's stock dropped as much as 9 per cent in intraday …
Austin Modine, 10 Apr 2007
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Michael calls in Michael to sort out Dell

Battered Dell has moved to get its act together by drafing in a tech manufacturing veteran to oversee its global operations. The vendor has had a terrible year, what with exploding laptops, service complaints, HP taking the number one PC spot, and Michael Dell having to jump back into the CEO seat. Michael Dell is looking to …
Joe Fay, 15 Feb 2007
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Seagate profits slump

Disk maker Seagate saw profits fall in the second quarter ended 29 December 2006 despite growing sales. Costs relating to the acquisition of Maxtor pushed profits down more than 50 per cent. Seagate made sales of $2,996bn in the quarter ended 30 December 2005, but net income was down to $140m from $287m. The company spent $ …
John Oates, 24 Jan 2007
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Seagate takes EVault

In a last minute spot of Christmas shopping, Seagate has bagged online backup provider EVault for $185m in a bid to expand its services effort. The California-based outfit was founded in 1997 and employs 250 staff servicing 8,500 customers. Seagate CEO Bill Watkins said: "Over the past three years, Seagate has been executing a …
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eSys elopes with Samsung after Seagate spat

eSys has signed a global distribution deal to sell Samsung's entire range of hard drives after getting the elbow by former partner Seagate. eSys was Seagate's largest customer, counting for about 5 per cent of its revenue or around $600m a year, according to Seagate. But in a financial report last week, Seagate revealed it had …
Mark Ballard, 14 Nov 2006
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Seagate slams profit-ignorant rivals

Seagate gave itself a pat on the back today in its September quarter report for holding the revenue line against hard drive competitors "who seem intent on trying to capture market share without regard to profitability". Fighting fire with fire , Seagate is determined to retain market share, and that will mean more price cuts. …
Drew Cullen, 25 Oct 2006

Seagate lifts Maxtor max capacities

Seagate has upped the storage capacity offered by its Maxtor Shared Storage II and OneTouch III external hard drive product line-ups, increasing the maximum unformatted data space provided by them to 1TB and 1.5TB, respectively. The OneTouch III Turbo Edition is now available with 1.5TB in addition to the 1TB model already …
Tony Smith, 12 Oct 2006
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Tandberg's tapeless tape drive

Tandberg Data is the latest storage vendor to bring out a removable-disk backup product. It says the RDX QuikStor combines the portability and simplicity of tape - its cartridges are tape-sized and plug in just as easily - with the speed of hard disk. The idea is that you use it like a tape drive, with the same backup software …
Bryan Betts, 03 Oct 2006
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Seagate preserves Maxtor brand for channel freshness

Seagate has begun selling Maxtor-branded desktop and notebook PC hard drives through its distribution network worldwide. Today's launch sees a refresh of the Maxtor DiamondMax 3.6in hard drive line for desktops, which maxes out at up to 320GB. The new Maxtor MobileMax drives have capacities up to 80GB and a 5400-RPM spin speed …
Drew Cullen, 02 Oct 2006
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Pioneer picks eSys for distie

Brief eSys will distribute Pioneer's optical disk drives across Europe, except to Germany and Turkey. Mark Littlechild, a senior manager at Pioneer Europe, said: "Eastern Europe in particular is a thriving market where sales of DVD writers remain buoyant, and we see eSys' excellent relationships with system developers and the local …
John Oates, 02 Oct 2006
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Seagate to mount global two-pronged channel assault

Seagate will maintain the Maxtor brand in the channel as well as in retail, the HDD vendor has said. It will use the Maxtor brand to attack to cheap end of the market, where it claimed the other manufacturers are deliberately losing money to gain market share. Seagate's VP of segment marketing Marc Jourlait said: "Rather than …
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Hard drive shipments soar in Q1

The global hard drive market is in rude health, according to figures from analysts iSuppli. Shipments in Q1 2006 were up 16.5 per cent on the same period in 2005. The Seagate-Maxtor twosome accounted for a whopping 41 percent of the total 101.7m units shipped. Western Digital swallowed 18.5 per cent, with Hitachi taking bronze …

Seagate readies SOHO-friendly 1TB NAS box

Seagate will ship a 1TB version of its twin-drive, RAID-enabled Maxtor Shared Storage II network-attached storage (NAS) box later this month, the company announced yesterday. seagate shared storage ii 1tb The box contains a pair of 500GB 7,200rpm disk drives which can be configured either as a 1TB data store or as a 500GB …
Tony Smith, 11 Jul 2006
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Seagate amazed by its own regulatory compliance

Seagate was pleasantly surprised at how easily its $1.9bn swallowing of Maxtor last year passed regulatory muster. The deal got the final thumbs up from shareholders in May after US and EU scrutineers greenlighted the deal in double-quick time. Seagate now controls more than 60 per cent of the enterprise HDD market. Bosses …
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Song of Samsung sings for eSys's supper

Samsung has fingered eSys as its global hard disk distributor. Samsung storage sales manager HJ Song said: "With a global partner on board, Samsung plans to concentrate on building the number of direct retailer and reseller accounts putting us in a strong position once the storage market levels out." eSys UK general manager …
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Seagate to lay off 6,000 workers

Seagate is now the proud owner of Maxtor, but it doesn't expect to have brought the two hard disk drive operations together until next year. In the meantime, it will rid itself of half of Maxtor's worldwide workforce of 12,000 employees. The remainder will largely be made up of Maxtor's Asia-Pacific manufacturing workers, …
Tony Smith, 23 May 2006
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Seagate swallows Maxtor

In brief The largest hard drive vendor has just got larger. Seagate has completed its merger with smaller rival Maxtor, after shareholders agreement yesterday. The deal, announced last December, values Maxtor at around $2bn. Maxtor lost $102m on revenue of $881m in the first three months of this year, which means revenues are 17 per …
Andrew Orlowski, 18 May 2006
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Seagate to buy Maxtor

Seagate its to acquire rival hard disk drive maker Maxtor the two companies announced today, in a stock-swap valued at $1.9bn. If shareholders and regulators back the deal, Seagate will offer 0.37 of its own shares for every Maxtor share issued, splitting the merged business 84:16 between Seagate and Maxtor shareholders. The …
Tony Smith, 21 Dec 2005
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Falling margins, prices push Maxtor into the red

Maxtor fell back into the red during its third fiscal quarter, it admitted this week, after a brief foray into profitability during Q2. The hard drive maker reported revenues of $926m for the three months to 1 October 2005, only fractionally higher than Q2's $925m, and fractionally down on Q3 FY2004's $927m. Maxtor shipped …
Tony Smith, 27 Oct 2005
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DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D mobo

Review DFI's popularity has risen steadily ever since it launched its Lanparty range of motherboards a couple of years ago. Since then the Lanparty family has grown with the introduction of a 'lite' version in the shape of the Lanparty UT, writes Lars-Goran Nilsson. DFI Lanparty UT nF4 SLI-D DFI hasn't stripped out all of the …
Trusted Reviews, 05 Sep 2005